Center for Professional Learning

Supporting educators with responsive, innovative, and holistic teaching strategies and lifelong learning through communities of practice.

Childhood Education International’s Center for Professional Learning (CPL) supports educators worldwide through professional learning rooted in holistic and sustainable learning principles.

Our professional development resources are created with educators for educators. We use a co-creation process of collaborative learning and growth in our communities of practice, and we work across a variety of settings, with a primary focus on education in emergencies, including refugee displacement, crisis, migration, and resettlement contexts.

Resources & Services

The Center for Professional Learning co-creates professional development materials with educators for educators. We offer courses, micro-credentials, open educational resources, and consulting/advising services.

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We offer professional development courses to support educators and other education leaders in providing quality, holistic, and inclusive education to their students.

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Micro-credentials are self-paced, competency-based professional development opportunities for educators looking for professional development that builds from their own context.

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Open Educational Resources

Our Open Educational Resource (OER) Library provides free professional development materials in English, Arabic, French, Kiswahili, Spanish, and Ukrainian. The materials were co-created with educators working in displacement contexts.

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Refugee and (Im)migrant Educator Academy

The RIEA supports educators working with refugee, (im)migrant, multilingual learner/emergent bilingual, and newcomer students in the United States. The RIEA co-creates contextualized communities of practice with and for educators and offers sustainable, holistic learning opportunities for educators and other education leaders.

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Technical Assistance & Consulting Services

Through our technical assistance, consulting, and advising services, we can support you in achieving your goals of providing quality, holistic, inclusive education to your students.

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Our Team

CPL’s work is advanced by an experienced and dedicated team of staff members and guided by a team of advisors with expertise in related areas.


The Center for Professional Learning was founded in 2016 by Dr. Diana Woolis, who served as CPL Director from 2016-2022, and Gareth Crawford, CEO of the Carey Institute for Global Good. Originally called the Center for Learning in Practice, it was a part of the Carey Institute until 2021, when it became a part of Childhood Education International.

Renamed the Center for Professional Learning in 2022, the work continues to thrive as it scales up, out, and deep.